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Feminist References You Missed in Childhood Cartoons

Being a 90s baby, you probably remember your favorite cartoon shows like: Rugrats, Daria, and The Simpsons. But did you know that some of your favorite cartoons you grew up watching had feminist references? Here are some feminist references you might’ve missed as a child.

1. “Why is it when a woman is confident and powerful, they call her a witch?” – Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons

 Because witches are awesome! No, seriously! You should take it as a compliment. If a woman is confident and powerful then being a witch must be a damn great thing!

2. “The first step is to free ourselves from these male-imposed shackles.” – A younger Marge Simpson from The Simpsons referring to bras

Free the nipple anyone? But seriously though, our boobs deserve to breathe. And what law says that I have to wear a bra at all times? Because it’s a distraction for guys if they’re able to see my nipples through my shirt? Well first off, you were probably staring way too long and hard in that area. And secondly, my eyes are up here!

3. “Waiting here for you. We were born in this room. We grew up in this room, and we thought we would die here. But now you’ve arrived, and our lives can truly begin.” – Daria Morgendorffer from Daria responding sarcastically to a guy trying to flirt with her

If a guy hits you up with a stupid pick up line like, “Where have you been all my life” just respond like this. It’s funny, sarcastic, and if you’re into making some guy feel like an idiot then it’s perfect!

4. “Is beauty all that matters to you?” Odette from The Swan Princess

Gosh! I’m more than just a pretty face! I’m smart, strong minded, and have strong opinions!

5. “Where is it written in this one-sided society that a man can’t be beautiful?” – Mr. Turner from The Fairly OddParents

Even though Mr. Turner was a dim witted man, he was pretty smart at times.

6. “If Angelica is ever going to make it in a male-dominated power structure, she’s got to eat, breathe, drink and sweat self-esteem.” – Charlotte Pickles from Rugrats

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Charlotte Pickles was the type of woman who took her own advice because she was always about her business and she seemed pretty successful.

7. “Women of power like us, we’re not allowed to have emotions.” – Miss Finster from Recess

Damn! These are one of those sad but true quotes.


I'm Jessie Thomas, a junior in college. I'm a fun loving girl who loves music and fashion! Someday I hope to be successful in the entertainment industry.
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